WILLIAMSTOWN - Time Warner Cable Sports has made annual excursions to Berkshire County in the past three seasons to broadcast live high school football. This weekend, the Albany, N.Y. based cable provider will be broadcasting its first Williams College football game.
The Time Warner broadcast team will be at Weston Field for Saturday's home opener against Colby. The game will be broadcast starting at 1:30 p.m.
"I'm always happy to go to the Berkshires," Time Warner Director of Programming Greg Bobbitt said. "This is the first time we've done anything with Williams. It's an opportunity to get to know each other."
This is actually the first of four telecasts that will feature head coach Aaron Kelton's Ephs.
Pittsfield Community Television will tape two Williams games for later broadcast. PCTV crews will be on hand for the Trinity game on Sept. 29 and the Wesleyan game on Nov. 3.
The New England Sports Network will broadcast the annual Little Three clash between Williams and Amherst from Pratt Field in Amherst on Nov. 10.
"Greg Bobbitt called me and said he'd like to come over and look at the facility and see if there was something they could work with," said Williams College sports information director Dick Quinn. "When he first approached me, I asked him what game was he thinking about and he said Colby. I said you might want to think of another game because PCTV had not committed to Trinity and Wesleyan.
Bobbitt told Quinn that the Colby game was attractive to Time Warner because there are 800,000 Time Warner subscribers in Maine.
Bobbitt and his staff have scouted Weston Field and are ready for the production.
TWCS will have five action cameras in use on Saturday. Two will be on top of the press box, two will be hand-held units on the sideline and a fifth camera will be located in an end zone. In addition, there will be a couple of extra cameras to shoot the scoreboard and clock.
"It'll be almost as big a production as the NESN broadcast," said Quinn. "They're excited. We're excited. We just need good weather - and a victory."